Opinion

Timber will continue to be harvested

On behalf of the Evergreen Forest Trust, I want to share additional information with your readers about our recent proposed forestland acquisition from Weyerhaeuser.

Our acquisition of the Evergreen Forest at Snoqualmie means it will continue to be a working forest - producing timber, generating jobs and benefiting communities. The threat to this magnificent forest was that over time it would be subdivided and sold off in smaller parcels for development. Our purchase will prevent that from ever happening.

The Evergreen Forest Trust will carefully steward the land and preserve the most sensitive areas along streams and lakes while continuing to grow - and harvest - trees on most of the land.

Weyerhaeuser chose to discontinue harvesting timber while we secure the financing needed to finalize the purchase. Forestry operations will resume when we take control of the property after closing.

In the meantime, we are busy working on a forest management plan. We have hired The Campbell Group of Portland to manage the land and handle day-to-day operations. The Campbell Group expects to expand its forestry staff (forest management planners, engineers, silviculture) and to help the Trust maintain a presence in the community. The Campbell Group will also hire local contractors to harvest timber and replant trees.

The forest management plan will also address environmental stewardship and permitted recreational, special-use and easement access to the land. Our intention is to continue providing access under reasonable and customary arrangements. Anyone concerned about the current status of an access agreement with Weyerhaeuser should contact the company directly.

For information concerning employment, contracting or access after closing, contact The Campbell Group, 1 S.W. Columbia, Suite 1700, Portland, OR 97258.

The Evergreen Forest Trust will continue to promote creative forest management and ownership. We believe that the innovative approach we are pursuing can play a major role in making sure forestland remains intact, and producing trees and benefits for people, wildlife and fish.


Gerry Johnson

President

Evergreen Forest Trust

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